Reviewed by bill from sacramento, ca on Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Good Stuff. i got these delivered today. i had an old pair of Merrills for about 30 years and loved the fit. i resoled them several times. i wear an 11B and Merrill used to make this model in 3 widths, now only one width. i was hoping for a narrow shoe with room for my toes. this shoe fits me ...
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Reviewed by ExCDNGuy from Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday, October 13, 2013
I had been looking for new boots for some time to replace a pair of dying Zamberlan boots that I've had for a decade plus that have passed the repair point. I personally like a traditional old-school style all leather (preferably smooth) boot and not something all new-age and Goretex etc. (I'm not that old really, mid 40s but I just like the traditional style). Anyhow, I had been long looking at these and some Alico Tahoe or Summit boots online and was planning to order sometime this fall.
Fate interevened yesterday on a business trip that put me into Reno, NV as I happened to spot the Sierra Trading Post outlet store in Reno on my way to South Lake Tahoe. Since I was here, I figured it would be good to go and try them on in the store and not deal with size guessing and back and forth shipping (even though STP is good to work with on that). I tried the Alicos and these and decided I liked the fit, finish and feel of the Merrells on me much better so bought them. I was worried about waterproofing and so bought a bottle of Nikwax nubuck and suede spray with them. Got to my hotel in S. Lake Tahoe and although it must have looked odd to security cameras, I went several times out to the parking garage to spray waterproof the boots outdoors and then brought them in to dry overnight.
I took them out hiking for a few miles today around Emerald Bay and then some short hikes in other areas (took it easy - maybe 5-6 miles since no prior break in) but they performed admirably and fit and felt just great! Even stepped a bit into the shallow parts of beautiful Emerald Bay and the waterproofing worked well. I can't wait until these get totally broken in and I suspect that they will fit like a good glove!
Beautiful boots and I am so glad I stopped into STP to buy them in person! Hope to have these for many years.
Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Friday, June 7, 2013
As mentioned in previous reviews... these boots are very well made and very functional. I first purchased the black, smooth tan and just got the brown suede. As in all clearance items, only certain sizes/colors are available... but, when your size/color comes on... buy it as the prices is really good.
Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A pair of these babies popped up on my PC screen from STP... in the smooth tan color and my size... and I did not hesitate to buy it immediately. These are my 2nd pair of Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots and I have really lucked out as the 1st pair (in black - see my other review) and now 2nd pair (in smooth tan) are part of the 30th Anniversary Limited Production from Merrell for this particular boot model. On the right heel of each boot is embossed 1981-2011 (and the production number). These limited production models are made with the same quality leather materials as their other boots, but apparently made with 'finer' designer looking materials (smoother leather, colored stitching and different colored boot grommets). To be honest with you, I cannot really use these on the trails just yet... but, have been using them for work (in the office) and to go out in the evenings and weekend. They are 'so comfortable' and really 'look that good'. I eventually will use them down the road as they age gracefully. Should you come across these boots... suggest you make sure that these are not the Wilderness Canyon that are made in China... very BIG DIFFERENCE!
Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Thursday, January 24, 2013
These Merrells are very similar to the Alico Tahoes (which I have 2 pairs). The soles, inside liner and stitching are the same. Only difference between these and the Alico Tahoes is that the Merrells are more stiffer in the ankle area providing better support. The Alico Tahoe's ankle padding is a softer material and not full leather. I primarily bought these for the color (black) so that I can use them to work when I wear black pants... looks good also to go out into the town. As far as the break-in period that most people grumble about... those that use good old quality leather shoes know what to expect and prepare for... the more you wear them, the better they get. I probably would not use these on the longer backpacking hikes that I do with our scouts as I already have a well broken in pair of Alico Summit and Vasque Legends (which are my 'go to' hiking boots). Overall... very good hiking shoe!!!
Thanks for you comment, you are correct suede and full grain are different types leather. I suspect we originally received this boot in a full grain version. Our copy people probably over looked needing to change the copy when we received the suede.
Answered on 12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post